Kick Back at Top Dog Cafe
Great place for casual lunch in Waves
The Top Dog Cafe is one of our favorite lunch spots on
Hatteras Island north of Avon. We usually stop there on our way out of
town if it's open. It’s on the ocean side of Highway 12 just south
of Rodanthe, in Waves. Although, I must say, Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo
blend together for us and we tend to think of Top Dog as being in Rodanthe.
The restaurant’s main serving area is an enclosed two level screened
porch that has several ceiling fans. The windows are shaded in the old
Hatteras propped wood shutter style. It’s always cool and pleasant
on the porch, even on hot days, because direct sunlight never reaches
it. No, it’s not air conditioned and some folks don’t like
that; they usually sit inside the building near the kitchen where there
are a few tables. But if you sit quietly on the porch, you can look out
at the passing traffic on Highway 12 and watch the kite surfers across
the way at Hatteras Island Surf and Sail while sipping your Corona or
The fare is burgers, seafood, dogs, wraps, pastas, beer and wine. Prices
range from $1.95 up to $16.95 and there is a kids' menu. Burgers, Jamaican
grilled tuna (try the wrap!) and fish tacos are specialties.
Top Dog boasts a Tsunami Burger which is one and a half pounds of meat.
I guess you could order one and live off it for most of the week. The
last time we were there (Oct. 2006), we caught them on the last weekend
they were open for the season. They were out of some things, so we went
for the special - a cheddar cheese and bacon burger with fries for $7.95.
Wow, you forget how good a burger can taste! This ain’t no microwave-
reheated cooked-the-day-before burger. Our waitress told us she's a vegetarian
most of the time, but she can't resist these burgers during the summer.
We can certainly understand why.
Tuck this one away as a place to try on your next visit.